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(Hospitality - 2nd Place TIE) Woodlark Hotel.

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Woodlark Hotel

Submitted by: Pence Construction

Location: Portland

Cost: $39.3 million

Start Date: December 2016

Completion Date: November 2018

Owner/Developer: NBP Capital

Architect: R&A Architecture + Design Inc.

Engineer: Kurt Fischer Structural Engineering

General Contractor: Pence Construction

Other Associates: DNA Strategic Consulting + Studio

A 21-month transformative project has turned the Woodlark Hotel from an office building and a vacant, dilapidated structure into a 150-room, four-star hotel that features a new restaurant, coffee bar, lounge, meeting rooms and a workout facility.

The 90,000-square-foot project was a complete renovation and seismic improvement of two historic properties in downtown Portland. The Woodlark Building, built in 1912, was home to Woodard, Clarke & Co. and was joined to the Cornelius Hotel building, built in 1906. Together, the buildings form the new Woodlark Hotel and both buildings required major seismic improvement.

The former Women's Lounge in the Cornelius Hotel building now houses Abigail Hall, named after famed Oregon women's suffrage leader, Abigail Scott Duniway. Abigail Hall and the spaces adjacent to it are a faithful reproduction of the original interior of the hotel using new materials.

The $39.3 million project was completed under a private GMP contract and partially funded by historic tax credits. The owners knew they could build a hotel from the ground up for less money, but they also knew they could not buy the charm that resides in the original building.

In addition to the seismic upgrades and complex duct work, challenges included bracing and shoring. Work on the core of both buildings required opening the structure from the basement to the sky. Temporary bracing and shoring were complex, constant encumbrances to the new work. The cores of both buildings are now modern containers for new machine room-less elevators, exit stairs and areas of emergency rescue.

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Publication:Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland, OR)
Date:May 23, 2019
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